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Today's News

  • St. Elmo registration is next week

    Registration days for the St. Elmo Jr.-Sr. High School and Elementary School will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. next Wednesday and Thursday.
    Orientation and registration for seventh-grade students and their parents will be held from 6-8 p.m. on July 31.
    All students, including those new to the district and district students who attend classes in Vandalia, should register at those times.
    Junior-Senior High students enrolled in physical education classes are required to wear physical education uniforms. Uniforms can be purchased at registration for $10.

  • Church Briefs

    St. James women publish cookbook

    For more than 150 years, the women of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee have been known for the wonderful food they prepare for church events and fundraisers.
    To help raise money for the restoration of the church's steeple, the women have decided to share some of their favorite recipes. That effort has resulted in the publishing of the "Town and Country Cookbook."

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Mary Woolsey
    The drought continues – with Monday's temperature rising to 104 degrees. We keep wondering, “How long can this heat last?” Records have already been broken. Luckily, we were again in Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care with ample air-conditioning.
    Betty Stolte, a very talented pianist, was playing some old familiar music. “Whispering” was a favorite of those singing along.

  • What does God expect of us? Take time to listen!

    Sometimes, late at night, I have trouble sleeping. Sometimes, I just can’t get to sleep; other times, I may sleep for an hour and then wake up and not be able to fall back asleep.

  • Vandalia Rotary Club holds banquet

    Several members received awards and a new slate of officers was inducted at the annual banquet of the Vandalia Rotary Club on June 28.

  • Fastenal opens store here

    Though Fastenal started in 1967 with an inventory of primarily nuts, bolts and screws, the company’s product line is now considerably broader.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These friends, pictured in the early 1950s at a 4-H camp in Monticello, all grew up in the Loogootee area. The one on the left now lives in Springfield, the rest still live in the area.  

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 –  A month after convicted murderer Stuart Heaton had his petition for a new trial denied, his attorney argued that a ruling on his request for new DNA testing should be granted.
    Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre, argued that because he will be in shackles for his trial, so should Fayette County State’s Attorney James Overholt.

  • Article describes Vandalia's second capitol

    The first capitol in Vandalia was a frame two-story building erected on the northwest corner of Fifth and Johnson streets – at the current site of The Leader-Union.  Construction began in the spring of 1820, and records show it was built at a cost of around $4,000.
    A fire, discovered around 2 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 9, 1823, totally destroyed the building, along with some state papers.

  • Take precautions with severe heat

    This week has been another scorcher, with searing sunlight and temperatures in the triple digits. It’s the kind of weather that can get you in trouble before you know it.
    Even the nights haven’t offered much relief, often barely falling below 80 degrees.
    This uncomfortable weather pattern has lingered over the Midwest for the past several weeks. Yet, just because that kind of heat and humidity has become the norm, it hasn’t lost any of its dangerous potential.